Many NH hospitals cut from Anthem insurance list because of obamacare.

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Many NH hospitals cut from Anthem insurance list because of obamacare.

Post  fshnski on Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:28 pm

CONCORD — Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the only insurer approved to offer policies on the health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, has narrowed to 14 the number of hospitals for the ACA plans that will be offered beginning Oct. 1.

Paula Rogers, the company’s governmental affairs director, said the move was made to reach affordable premium levels.

“We are well aware the concept of a narrow network is new to New Hampshire,” Rogers said. “Do we need 26 hospitals to serve our plan? We decided we didn’t.”

The network for Anthem individual policy holders who do not purchase through the exchange will be limited as well when current policies expire.

Appearing before the Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee Wednesday, Anthem officials said the company did a national survey and found people overwhelmingly preferred lower prices over access to health care.

Critics of the plan said it amounts to rationing health care.

“Now we are not going to have the doctor of our choice, the hospital of our choice or the plan of our choice,” said committee co-chair, Rep. John Hunt, R-Rindge.

http://www.unionleader.com/article/20130905/NEWS06/130909695

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Post  WHL on Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:23 pm

That is just tragic! What a mess this Obamacare is making. The same thing happened in Maine, they cut hospitals.
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